Cheating in Exams

cheating in exams

Cheating in Exams, you have to read texts about students views about cheating in exams and decide if the statements are correct about them.

  • Time

    10 minutes

  • Main Skills

    Reading

  • Topic

    Education - Cheating in Exams (Exercise 2)

Student A
Student B
Student C
Student D
I’ve never cheated in an exam and really don’t see the point. I mean sooner or later people will find out if you know something or not. If you cheat to get better results then you’re lying to yourself as well as to everyone else. Rather than spending your time thinking of really clever and original ways to cheat without anyone realising, you should just spend that time studying. I’m sure it will help you a lot more in the long run. A friend once tried to read my answers in an exam while pretending to pick something up off the floor. As soon as I realised I covered my work so he couldn’t see. He was quite annoyed with me afterwards but I didn’t think it was fair that he should do well because of my hard work.
My friend and I had the same surname so we always ended up sitting next to each other, or one behind the other, in exams at school. We worked out this system where we would pass a piece of paper to each other with the answers to the questions. Sometimes we just passed it by hand if we were sitting close enough and other times we’d throw it on the floor for the other person to pick up. It was quite a good system and I think over lots of exams we probably helped each other equally so it was fair and I’m sure we both got higher marks. Unfortunately a teacher did see us doing it once. I was just leaning down to pick up a paper my friend was passing back to me when a teacher appeared out of nowhere and picked it up first. There was no way we could deny what we were doing it was so obvious. The teacher didn’t say anything until the end of the exam and then when she collected our papers she wrote a big zero at the top. We didn’t do it anymore after that, it had been good before but we decided it wasn’t worth the risk.

I used to always cheat in my maths exams when I was at school. We were allowed to take a calculator with us into the exam and I used to write all the important formulae that we were supposed to remember on the inside of the calculator case. I did it lots of times. I don’t regret it at all. I was quite good at maths anyway but I’m sure I got better results as a result of cheating. In other exams like chemistry and physics, I sometimes wrote notes on bits of tissue then pretended I needed to blow my nose and looked at my notes during the exam. It worked really well. There was only one time I was almost caught; I dropped the tissue on the floor by accident just as a teacher was walking past. He was about to pick it up when my friend, who had also seen what had happened, deliberately knocked over his water bottle. The teacher was so busy clearing up the water I think he forgot about me. If you’re clever enough to work out a way to cheat and not get caught then I think you deserve to get good marks. It’s like that in the real world; if you can do something more easily and with less hard work then you will. Why not?

I’ve never cheated in an exam and really don’t see the point. I mean sooner or later people will find out if you know something or not. If you cheat to get better results then you’re lying to yourself as well as to everyone else. Rather than spending your time thinking of really clever and original ways to cheat without anyone realising, you should just spend that time studying. I’m sure it will help you a lot more in the long run. A friend once tried to read my answers in an exam while pretending to pick something up off the floor. As soon as I realised I covered my work so he couldn’t see. He was quite annoyed with me afterwards but I didn’t think it was fair that he should do well because of my hard work.

Questions
Vocabulary

Read the text about cheating in exams.  Choose the statements which are correct about the students.

1. Which student was caught cheating in an exam?

Question 1 of 10

2. Which student didn’t let a friend copy their work?

Question 2 of 10

3. Which student regrets trying to cheat in an exam?

Question 3 of 10

4. Which student didn’t get caught because a friend helped them?

Question 4 of 10

5. Which student tried to cheat by writing notes on a part of their body?

Question 5 of 10

6. Which student cheated by asking a friend to tell them the answers?

Question 6 of 10

7. Which student only tried to cheat in the subject they weren’t good at?

Question 7 of 10

8. Which student thinks it is always wrong to cheat?

Question 8 of 10

9. Which student thinks there is nothing wrong with cheating?

Question 9 of 10

10. Which student got no marks when the papers were collected?

Question 10 of 10


 

Here are the words and phrases covered in this exercise:

  • better results
  • cheat
  • deliberately
  • deserve 
  • distracted
  • good system
  • obvious
  • seeing and catching me
  • worst subject

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    Skills to foster the ability to explain and refine ideas.

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